A minimum of 2,000 hours (accrued at the time of application submission) of health care experience in a position of responsibility is required of all applicants. The 2,000 hours is the equivalent of one year of full time or a combination of many years of part time health care experience. Applicants should apply when they have accrued at least the minimum number of required HCE hours. The program will not project hours, so application submission should be timed with meeting at least the minimum 2,000 hours of health care experience.
Shadowing experience, although highly valued, does not count toward the total number of hours. Applicants should enter any shadowing or intern types of opportunities under the health care related area of their CASPA application.
Types of health care experience
The program doesn't base evaluation on a position's title, but rather the duties and skills involved with the position as described in your CASPA application. Applicants are encouraged to be very detailed in their description of health care positions in their CASPA application.
Health care experience is evaluated on the following criteria:
- whether or not the experience is direct patient care or health care-related
- the total number of hours
- the setting
- the specific duties performed and/or skills acquired
- the description of the duties
- the patient population
- the level of supervision
- is the experience recent (the program counts recent experience up through the past 10 years)
Preference is given to candidates with health care experience involving direct, 'hands-on' patient care, working with acutely sick or injured patients in a hospital or clinical setting. The experience can be obtained through paid or volunteer positions. Hours obtained as a student (for credit) or for certification cannot be counted toward the 2,000 hour minimum requirement.
We offer the types of experience below as suggested avenues for obtaining health care experience. This list is not intended to be inclusive of all experiences that are acceptable towards meeting the minimum requirement, so there are other experiences that will be accepted that are not listed. Health Care Related experiences/duties alone are not considered competitive and are therefore recommended to be combined with roles that include direct patient care duties.
Many of the positions below are a combination of direct patient care and health care related duties. They are classified by what is generally the majority of the position's duty type. This can vary depending on your specific position, so please use the criteria above when determining the type of experience you'll gain prior to applying to the program.
Direct patient care
- Medical Assistant (MA)
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA I or II)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Emergency Room Technician (ER Tech)
- Other Hospital Tech positions (Ultrasound, Patient Care Tech, etc.)
- Medic or Medical Corpsman
- Clinical Dietitian
- Physical Therapy Aide
Health care related
- Lab Assistant/Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
- Peace Corps Volunteer
- Clinical Research Assistant
- Community Health Researcher
- Medical Technologist
- Newborn Hearing Screener
- Care Coordinator
- Clinic Receptionist/Office Manager/Scheduler
- Patient Transport
- Medical Interpreter
- Pharmacy Technician